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Mary Ann Brown


Last updated 9/23/2019 at 3:02pm

Mary Ann Brown, 81, of Hendersonville, passed away Aug. 21, 2019, after health complications from a long battle with dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Born in 1938, she was a native of Henderson County and was the daughter of Clyde Brown and Kate Gillespie Brown, who preceded her in death.

She was a vibrant, intelligent and outgoing person who shared a love of family, friends, genealogy, education and the University of North Carolina with all who knew her. She graduated as salutatorian of the class of 1956 from Hendersonville High School.

Earning a B.A. in English from Meredith in 1960, she embarked on a long and distinguished career in education. She earned her M.A. in English and Religious Studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1962, prior to her Ph.D. in English in 1976 from UNC, and a MSLS in Library Science from UNC in 1981.

Dr. Brown taught students of all ages as a teacher, teacher assistant, professor and librarian over a career that included academic work in the Winston-Salem City Schools, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Virginia Tech University, Ravenscroft Middle School and Durham County Schools, before retiring in 2003.

She had a tremendous love of reading and working on family history and genealogy throughout her life. She was especially proud of her Gillespie family and Brown family roots, and her Scottish heritage. She enjoyed time with friends and family, dinners, cooking, holidays, Highland Games and watching her beloved Tar Heels.

She is survived by her lifelong best friend from childhood onward, Dr. Fred Roper, of Columbia, S.C .; her close second cousin, Jeff McDaris and his wife, Lisa, of Pisgah Forest; as well as many Gillespie and Brown descendants and cousins in Transylvania County.

A Celebration of Life and Remembrance service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019, at English Chapel in Pisgah Forest. Friends and family are invited.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Henderson County Public Library; the UNC-CH Library School Children’s collection; or Four Seasons Hospice of Henderson County.


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